Monthly Archives: January 2024
“It’s never like this here.”
I know this is a common saying at every event, but this held true at the 2024 Oceania & Australian ILCA Open & Youth Championships. With the four AST/ASS women away in Argentina to compete at the World Championships, becoming the National ILCA 6 Champion was up for grabs.
Up and coming RQYS sailors Frances Beebe (pictured above) has written a great sailors eye view of the ILCA 6 Championship in Adelaide which you can read Here.
Brooke Wilson giving her all in the close final race – Photo Jack Fletcher Down Under Sail
The championship which started with light and difficult conditions finished up today with a bang. A cracking 18-22 knot southerly with a big steep swell meant it was a physical day on the water.
In the ILCA 6 class Brooke Wilson (NSW) led the regatta for the first few days before Frances Beebe (QLD) really threw down the challenge, leading going into the final race.
Brooke was able to take the final race win, with Frances right on her heals. This gave Brooke the championship win by a single point. Frances was first Under 21. Victorian under 19 sailor Patrick Cumminwas third. Healy Ryan (NSW) was first under 17 in 4th place.
Tom Saunders NZL close second in ILCA 7 – Photo Jack Fletcher
It also went down to the wire in the ILCA 7 with Tom Saunders (NZ) leading by two points from Matt Wearn with the second drop and the final race to go.
In the final race Matt finished with 8th to Tom’s 18th resulting in Matt’s two point win. Germany’s Philipp Buhl scored three bullets but having to count an 11 and 13 saw him six points off in third. Michael Beckett (GBR) and Swifto Elliott (WA) completed the cube podium.
Aiden Simmons all the way winner in the ILCA 4 – Photo Jack Fletcher
Aidan Simmons (VIC) lead throughout the ILCA 4 series with consistent places in all conditions. Aiden scored five wins and no place worse than 3rd. Jasper Stay (VIC) scored three wins but was a little less consistent finishing four points behind Aiden.
Chase Taylor (QLD) was third. He was one of the very successful Queensland ILCA 4 squad which posted five of the top ten ILCA 4 places.
The event was voted a great success despite some ordinary conditions causing lost races and no sailing on Day 5. Like the sailors the Adelaide Sailing Club volunteers, PRO Col Dods, the race committee and jury did a terrific job in the sometimes testing conditions.
Full results are linked below.
The next Oceania & Australian Championships will be held at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Manly QLD 1-8 January 2025.
Frances Beebe Leads Going Into Final Day in closely contested ILCA 6s
The 2024 Oceania & Australian Open & Youth Championships move into their final day tomorrow with fleet positions in ILCA 6 and ILCA 7 very close. With 16 to 18 knots SSW predicted there could be some turnover of places and close racing.
You can see Jack Fletcher’s daily briefs on Down Under Sail at the links below.